Questions tagged [project-management]

Project management is a professional field involving managing the scope, changes, schedule, and completion of a temporary endeavor that has a clear end. This is a professional field with it's own certifications and professional educational programs. If your question relates to the workplace, ask it here; otherwise, if the question is solely about project management, consider asking it on our sister site Project Management Stack Exchange instead.

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Digital Marketing and Project Management [closed]

I'm in the middle of an important career decision; but unfortunately I lack enough knowledge on the current job marketplace. I'm specializing in Digital Marketing (I've attended 2 different courses) ...
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How can I find out whether a job can accommodate my poor communication skills during the briefing process in an interview?

I work as a graphic designer. Most of my career has been freelance but I've worked full-time for design agencies also. I am currently looking for a new full time role, but there is one thing I'm ...
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Should I let my PMP certification expire? I want to prioritize entrepreneurship

My PMP certification is due to expire within the next three months. I'm currently trying to prioritize a side business that will take considerable time and effort to build up. If I go through a ...
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How do big development teams learn from their mistakes?

I am part of a software development team and I am looking for a way/process that we can collect information on any technical problems that recently happened and document them in a way that would make ...
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Alienated by team manager

I currently am going through bad situation. Our manager was laid off and replaced by other manager which is way younger than previous one somewhere around mid 20s. Problem is that I often get ...
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Is Project/Product Management a good choice when switching career from business (14+ years in Marketing & Sales) to IT? [closed]

I have a bachelor degree in Linguistics, however for the last 14+ years I've been building my career in Marketing & Sales (worked for 1 IT company and 4 non-IT companies). IT technologies are so ...
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How do I resolve Product Owner and Team Lead giving contradictory requirements?

Let's say a Product Owner who approves all work before it goes to production, writes the requirements as X. The Team Lead (senior developer) who approves all code changes says do Y, which is ...
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Excluded from extra work activities

Currently I am working in a small team of six developers. Colleagues are often having short talks and flashbacks related to extra work activity (work related decisions they made while not at work), ...
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What to do when my project status update is politicize?

I think I just landed myself in a soup. I work for a company COM which has multiple engagements with a client. We have two projects running PRJ1 and PRJ2. I am part of PRJ2. My managers at PRJ2 (...
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Scrum is causing me stress

We very recently switch to scrum, from something more like a waterfall process. For what it's worth I don't have very strong feelings about any particular development process, but if it becomes clear ...
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How to provide feedback about subtle gender policing

Background: I'm a senior engineer on team A who, back in February, jumped onto team B to take over a project I had zero familiarity with due to the existing lead engineer's departure. The project ...
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Who is my authority on a project - my own manager, or the Project Manager?

Background: I am involved in a project, which has four people: Three people from my same team Me My manager Another person who outranks me, and who reports to my manager's manager. Another person ...
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How can we organize a lot of small pieces of work without creating a duplicate board/Excel file (which has been banned)?

My team has a lot of small pieces of work as we are in the final parts of the project where there are lots of little things to fix. Trying to manage this has been difficult. The problem is the Scrum ...
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Can I conduct quiz among my team to evaluate their understanding? Is this ethically correct thing to do so?

In my recent position as technical lead, I came to realize that some team member did not have a proper understanding of the whole process or what they thought was, was incorrect. We have experienced ...
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How to stop feeling overwhelmed when asked to deliver a project?

I am senior software engineer, and have done pretty much as 10 projects till date. But last year I was given a task to lead a team which had a continous scope creeps, and I had to deal with lots of ...
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How loudly should I warn about a failing project?

A few months ago I was asked to estimate the staffing and the time needed for a proposed new project. I estimated it as needing 10 staff over 5 years. A co-worker estimated the project as needing 7 ...
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How to handle deadlines with manager?

I am a coder in a startup right now and we handle tasks step by step. I am switching context for codebases and change languages a lot and I like it. But I guess I have a problem. In a meeting with ...
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How can a project with high turnover be stabilized even as staff change?

I'm the newly hired team lead for a project which is four years old. I'm two weeks into the job remotely, so I haven't had as many casual chats with new co-workers as I might have hoped, but one of ...
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Is this an adversarial statement? [closed]

“Developers need to be informed the scope, timelines, and other expectations that are material to the success of needed changes.” This statement was made by a developer to an executive, a non-...
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How should I handle constant change on employee assignment from my manager?

I manage a team of 8 engineers, 3 of them are really strong while the other 5 are still mid and junior. They are professional and want to learn new things. My style of building team is to make sure ...
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How to work with seniors who are unwilling to help?

I am a junior developer in my team. I joined this team last year and it is my first job. Our working hours are from 10 to 7. When I share some PR(1) with them. They take good time a to have look at ...
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What is the best way to deal with incapable reporting manager?

You have developed a product that could directly save $700 per month for the organisation. You have told about this to your reporting manager (a part-time consultant) and, he without seeing the ...
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How to approach a manager that's possibly over complicating things?

Summary: boss asks for automation of task. Doing it manually will cost 30 developer-days of work, but creating custom CMS to automate it will cost 120 developer-days. How can I bring this to manager's ...
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Employee assessment on a remote team

This is the first time that I'm asking about team management on this site. Please guide me I'm I did something wrong in asking. We have 9 employees that we were working in our office. These days, ...
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How to deal with a difficult project and client

I'm currently working as PHP developer on a small web design company. My main function is to develop websites and small web projects. I have good relationship with all the co-workers and my boss. It's ...
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Lack of skill in IT department putting strain on project

Our company has an initiative to do a big project that will be 250000 in sales. We have a CFT team who are working on this the only part that is holding us back is the IT department. We have spoken ...
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How should I handle a dead project that nobody is working on anymore

One year ago me and several other people were assigned to work on a small project (as an addition to our main responsibilities). We did some work, spent a lot of time waiting for third parties, and at ...
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Just found I was supposed to be working on a completely different project since 8 months ago. How can I handle this?

Kinda shocked at the moment. I’m a dev who works on a team of about 20 developers. Apparently I (along with another developer) was assigned to complete a specification about 8 months ago. I learned ...
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My manager has decided to continue work on a project cancelled by the CEO

My team's project was cancelled directly by the CEO, but my manager has decided that we should keep working on it. In the headcount request spreadsheet for the next quarters, my manager is inflating ...
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Unhappy with Project management

It's been 4 months into my Android Dev job, and I have to work on 3 projects simultaneously - as a developer. All 3 are approximately the same app, with some differences, but nothing excessive. I ...
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How far can co-workers be reasonably expected to carry people with mental problems? [closed]

A colleague of mine was recently hospitalized due to attempts of self harm. His marriage is collapsing, he has inlaw issues, etc. I am not going into details, but all his problems outside work have ...
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What's generally the proper way to handle an overwhelming amount of work?

I'm currently working on 2-3 projects at the same time (depending on how you look at it) and my boss has recently asked me to take a look at another project. This new project may take 3-4 days, ...
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How can I highlight how much better I've made our code and deal with a coworker that disagrees?

I joined a company to help add some functionality to their code. The code is legacy and has been terribly maintained. The technology is ~15 years old. It takes days to track down bugs and problems ...
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“Oversee” a project in absence of manager and team lead

We're working on a project, and both the manager in charge and the team lead have gone off-site for some conference. Because of this, they won't be able to actively manage the project. Since it's an ...
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How to handle product manager that ignores others opinion

Right now I'm product owner of a software product with other 3 developers, an architect and a product manager. I'm concerned that the product manager is too focused on having the product on time, up ...
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Professional way to handle pressure for delivery date from client?

I work for a smaller business (50 employees) and am the only one handling a fairly large project for a client. This project involves upgrading software on their server. They are consistently ...
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Being blamed for something you don't consider your mistake

Several months ago I accepted a job which was project-based. I soon discovered that my projects required me to work very long hours. I'm talking about around 65-75 hours a week every week (these ...
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We just started a new project and introduced Scrum to our division of the company. What questions should I be asking?

I am a software lead who is just kicking off my first project (into the 4th sprint) at my new company (I have been here three months). One of the reasons the company chose an outsider was to help ...
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Is being a jack of all trades interesting to most recruiters?

I've always been bound mainly by curiosity, and my current career path shows it: First job was in a startup Second was in a < 100 employees company Third is in a large > 15000 corporation The ...
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How to say No to idea given by team member, when I know from my experience that it is going to fail?

I have a very hardworking team, and I like when they try to think about a project with broader perspective. I want to respect their contribution and don't like to refuse their ideas, but sometimes I ...
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consulting industry - chaotic behaviour

My team and I have been working on a change management project. Our client, a director, has set rather broad goals on a particular topic to reach within a complex context. D doesn't participate in ...
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Handling awkward coworker

I have a weird colleague who always wants to know what I am doing, like every single day. Having said that he is not my manager but he acts as if he is my boss. Since I am an R&D engineer, I am ...
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Unable to meet goals when manager keeps busy in things which are outside the ambit

I joined a new company two months back. I committed to the CEO to meet certain goals within 3 months timeframe. CEO has a lot of expectations from me. Two months have passed and it seems I will not be ...
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Convincing “agile” managers of the value of planning

Became tech lead of a startup a few months ago. Even by startup standards the codebase is poor, I don't feel any pride in working with it. Example: the dev team took three weeks to update static text ...
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How to manage a combo of busywork and micromanaging

My job requires equal parts analysis and data display on a map. On a project I send these maps out for review as many as several times a day and incorporate changes requested by the project manager ...
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Problem working with project partner I picked [closed]

Soon I'm going to turn 16 and in school, I have to start work on a major project which will be very valuable for my end-year certificate. A few weeks back I engaged with a friendly student who just ...
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What is the proper way to request team/project change?

I am working in a software firm on a project which doesn't have any work left. The team is of only 3 people, all three of us are from a different domain. Even If I ask for the project change, I don't ...
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What to do if you are unintentionaly subject of favoritism?

I have the following situation at work. I am part of a team with people having different background age-wise and business wise. Since the beginning of the project It happened so that I took the role ...
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Given an unrealistic project during probation

I have been working at a health dept. for almost 5 years. During that time, I got promoted twice (held 3 positions). My most recent one was about 4 months ago and I'm still on probation (I got a mini ...
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How do I communicate with the internal and external stake holders about project delay?

We have committed a one month timeline to the client for a project delivery. We needed some data from the client for meeting this dead line. We have emailed the requirement before timeline commitment. ...

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